HR-happy Astros set club mark, top A’s again

HOUSTON — The Minute Maid Park roof was open on a pristine Thursday night, a loud and energetic crowd was into every pitch and the balls kept flying out of the ballpark at a record pace. It was such a good night for the Astros that second baseman Jose Altuve later said it was “like a dream come true.”

For the A’s, it was more like a nightmare. Carlos Correa, Yordan Alvarez and Altuve each slugged solo homers as the Astros continued their early-season dominance against the A’s with a 6-2 victory in their home opener before 21,765 fans — the first time Houston played in front of its own fans since Game 7 of the 2019 World Series.

“Tonight was a perfect night for us,” Altuve said.

Through seven games, the Astros (6-1) have clubbed a franchise-record 15 home runs, a mark which also leads the Major Leagues, and they have scored 51 runs, which is second to only the Reds (57). Houston has scored at least six runs in all but one game and has outscored Oakland 41-11 in five games between the American League West rivals, all of which have been Astros wins.

“This team can hit, and they worked hard in Spring Training,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “I’ve never seen guys hit so much. They hit in the morning before practice, they hit during practice, they hit after practice. … These guys, they enjoy hitting.…

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